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African Community Education Program

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews 1,046

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Education, International

Address:

24 Chatham Street Worcester MA 01609 USA

Mission:

The mission of African Community Education is to assist African refugee and immigrant youth and families in achieving educational and social stability through access to academic support, leadership development, cultural expression and community outreach in Worcester MA. The vision of African Community Education is a community where African refugees and immigrant youth and families are empowered, self-sufficient and secure.

Target demographics:

African refugee and immigrant youth

Direct beneficiaries per year:

90 students and their families!

Geographic areas served:

Worcester

Programs:

After-School Tutoring Saturday Program After-School Tutoring Mentoring for Empowerment and Exchange (MEE) Parent Outreach Summer Reading Program Workforce Development Program Mentoring Program Family Literacy Program

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www.acechildren.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As Community Service Learning director at Assumption College, I’ve been sending students to African Community Education for almost a decade. They’ve always reported getting a lot out of the experience – in fact, several Assumption students have liked it so much, they wound up working at ACE after graduation.

My students’ experiences have been so positive that last year, when I was looking to pick a place for my own personal volunteer commitment, I chose ACE out of the more than 80 organizations our college works with. Some of my reasons had to do with the obvious things – the compelling needs of refugee children playing catch-up in a new school system, the warmth of the ACE community, and the high caliber of the people on the staff. But ACE also meets another important need – the need to learn new skills and new worlds outside the usual scope of my life. I’ve not only learned a lot about Africa and about refugees in Worcester, but also had to open my brain to academic subjects to which my brain has long been closed. The privilege of learning alongside the kids – and for that matter learning HOW to learn alongside them – has been an extraordinary blessing in my life. I'm eager to see what new things I learn this coming fall.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

ACE does amazing work in the Worcester community and their reach is far beyond what you would expect. 94% of ACE students are classified as 'low income' and 84% are English Language Learners. The perseverance of these students is truly remarkable and ACE staff and volunteers encourage and empower them at every turn!

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Working as a volunteer, intern and later staff member at ACE, I was fortunate to become part of the African Community Education (ACE) family. At ACE all volunteers, staff, community members and families work together as a tight-knit team to help with the specific needs and dreams of each African refugee youth served at the organization. In my time at the program, it was truly inspiring to witness how ACE students were able to excel academically and socially through their participation in ACE's educational and mentor programs. If I could describe how I feel about ACE in three words I would have to say it is an innovative, change-making and integral non-profit organization in the Worcester community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I worked at ACE from 2006 to 2010 as a volunteer, a mentor, education coordinator and a teacher. ACE is a wonderful program that is fill with many young ideas willing to put into action. The kids are very respectful, honest and are always full of 360 degree kinetic energy. They have so much power, will, love, care and respect. It was an honored to have served them having been a refugee myself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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1 person found this review helpful

I have starting with the African Community Education Program (ACE) in the Summer of this year. It was initially suppose to be a summer internship but with time I discovered that I did not want my involvement with the organization to stop just then. I became attached to the children and the program. Its amazing what they do for the children, the sheer dedication involved in this organization is remarkable! I plan continuing to show my support to ACE in the following year.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

The work that ACE (African Community Education program) does for Worcester is meaningful. It supports the youth with their schooling in a way that the schools could not keep up with. They provide a place where the students can go to get help with their homework and also support them them emotionally. It gives them a place where they can meet others coming from similar backgrounds. They can learn English with others of their own age in a comfortable surrounding. I enjoy visiting ACE and watching the youth and their teachers interacting.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

The African Community Education Program (ACE) is a great resource for the Worcester, Massachusetts. I would like to nominate them for their fantastic work in keeping the cultural alive in the African community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

This is a great local organization doing meaningful work for the Worcester are community. I encourage you to get involved with them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

The African Community has been helping me with English and my homework too. At the first time I get here at ACE, I didn’t speak English. A few days later, I heard that there is a program that helps a refugee kids do they work, help them learn English and make they dream come true. I stared coming every Saturday and I actually made a lot of friends I never had before. ACE has been helping me with my homework since 7th grader and now I am in 11 grades and I am so happy. I want to help kids that don’t speak English and help them explain words they don’t understand.
Thank you, I couldn’t done all the staff with out ACE

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

ACE is a good program for students in grade 5-12, who have emigrated to the U.S. from various countries in Africa. Many are refugees and come from tough situations and for many this is their first encounter with the English language. With after-school and Saturday sessions, ACE helps the students both academically and socially during their adjustment to a new language and culture. ACE also runs a summer reading program that I was able to help with as a TA. Good things are happening at ACE!!! Ed W.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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